[LinuxBIOS] Dummy pci dev for image on a usb flash drive (Peter Stuge)

Baski kbaski at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 27 16:01:13 CEST 2007


Message: 4
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 11:04:22 +0200
From: Peter Stuge 

Subject: Re: [LinuxBIOS] Dummy pci dev for image on a usb flash drive
To: linuxbios at linuxbios.org
Message-ID: <20070927090422.12905.qmail at stuge.se>
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On Wed, Sep 26, 2007 at 10:19:08PM -0700, Baski wrote:
> I want to place an option ROM image on a raw USB flash drive.

Please explain why, otherwise we can't help you much.

> It will be an option ROM image of a proper controller with correct
> option ROM and PNP headers. How can we make linuxBios to look for
> this drive and allocate dummy pci resources like bus 0 dev-xx, fun
> yy and irqs?

First, LB has no USB drivers. You could move what is in FILO over

More relevant is the fact that LB can't allocate resources to
hardware that does not exist. Unless you have the controller itself
it's not possible to set any resources. They are set in registers
(RAM) that is mandatory for PCI cards to have (the so called PCI
config space) and no card means nowhere to set things.

Furthermore, option ROMs are not really "compatible" with LB, the
idea is to try to use existing open source drivers with LB instead of
binary blobs with broken interfaces.

So - what do you want to accomplish with your idea? There may be a
better way to do it, or it may be best to forget the whole thing.
We can't say without more info.


This is for my MS project. We want to simulate a PCI card and use one of the CPU cores to do our processing.  We would also want to reserve that core.
We want to create the dummy pci device so that OS driver can communicate with the emulated card.  What methods would you suggest?

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